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Sesame Street
Season premiere November 10, 2009 (4187)
Season finale February 18, 2010 (4212)
No. of episodes 26
New title card
The Cast of Sesame Street's 40th Season
Abby's Flying Fairy School, a new animated segment, debuts this season.
Murray and the kids introduce the various segments in the new block format.
Elmo, Adam Sandler and a dragon
Paul Rudd (with Roosevelt Franklin) and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph play between takes during the filming of episode 4212.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Big Bird in the Sex and the City parody, " Waiting for Big."
Cast and crew.

Sesame Street Season 40 premiered on November 10, 2009. This date is the 40th anniversary of the show, and Sesame Workshop has been celebrating the occasion with a commemorative book and DVD set, as well as a week-long takeover of the Google logo.


Season Overview

The curriculum for Season 40 focuses on environmentalism and is "designed to nurture young children's appreciation and love for nature." [1][2] The Muppets of Sesame Street encourage children to explore their curiosity in the outdoors with activities that teach simple, age-appropriate ways of showing care and stewardship for the environment.[1] Several episodes focus on environmental issues - such as recycling or habitats.[3] One episode (Episode 4193) focuses on Baby Bear and his family learning how to hibernate.[4] Another episode (#4187, originally planned as #4210) features Big Bird learning about migration.[5]

A new computer-generated segment, Abby's Flying Fairy School, was added this season. Murray Has a Little Lamb and Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures return from last season and alternated with each episode. What's the Word on the Street and The Word of the Day also return with 26 new words. New Elmo's World segments for the season include subjects on Frogs.



Parodies included "Mad Men" (based on Mad Men), “Waiting for Big” (Sex and the City), “Outdoors” (based on “I’m Yours”), and “D-Dance” (based on Apple's iPod commercial).

Show Format

The season introduces a new format based on typical channel programming blocks, with Murray Monster serving as a host from real-world locations, introducing the main components of the show.[6]

  • What's the Word on the Street? (30 seconds)
  • Sesame Street Theme (50 seconds)
  • Street Story (10 to 12 minutes)
  • Celebrity Vocabulary Word (1 minute)
  • Murray Tune-In (1 minute)
  • Letter film (1:15)
  • Abby's Flying Fairy School (8:30)
  • Murray Tune-In (1 minute)
  • Number film (1:15)
  • Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures or Murray Has a Little Lamb (5 minutes to 6:30)
  • Murray Tune-In (1 minute)
  • Music video or curriculum spot (2:15)
  • Elmo's World (17 minutes)
  • Murray close (30 seconds)
  • End credits (45 seconds) [7]


Episodes 4187 - 4212 (26 episodes)


  • Season 40 introduces a new opening and closing theme sequence.
  • In an interview with Muppet fansite Tough Pigs, writer and Muppeteer Joey Mazzarino said, "We're trying to do what we call a hidden gem in every episode. That's for you guys, the fans. Little things like Biff and Sully in a scene, or some other stuff that I won't tell you about that will be hidden in the scene."[8]


Muppets™ Of Sesame Street

Pam Arciero, Jennifer Barnhart, Fran Brill, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Kevin Clash, Bruce Connelly, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, John Kennedy, Tim Lagasse, Peter Linz, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Paul McGinnis, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbahr, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, Bryant Young

Guest Stars

Christina Applegate, Patricia Arquette, Tiki Barber, Kobe Bryant, Cameron Diaz, Cedric the Entertainer, Jimmy Fallon, Rocco Fiorentino, Matthew Fox, Brendan Fraser, Judah Friedlander, Jennie Garth, Ricky Gervais, Jeff Gordon, Adrian Grenier, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Tony Hawk, Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear, Julianna Margulies, Ziggy Marley, Debi Mazar, Debra Messing, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Mraz, Michelle Obama, Nancy O'Dell, Eva Longoria Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Rudd, Adam Sandler, Meredith Vieira



  1. 1.0 1.1 National Forum on Children & Nature: Sesame Street: "Connecting Preschoolers With Nature".
  2. Sesame Street gets local children’s perspectives
  3. Twardzik, Cathleen. Who is the fellow that's fluffy and yellow?. February 22, 2009
  4. Sesame Street at 40: A Night of Celebration with the Legendary Cast - Educators' Panel
  5. Joey Mazzarino interview
  6. Sesame Press Kit - Press Release
  7. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 167
  8. Joey Mazzarino, Tough Pigs Interview with Joey Mazzarino

See also

  • Sesame Street: 40th Anniversary

External links

  • Season 40 press kit
  • Season 40 Highlight Reel
  • Season 40 Episodes Guide

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